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20 Baking Hacks That Will Save You Time and Money!



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Whether you love being in the kitchen, or loath it, we all have those moments where we wonder what we were thinking stepping foot in there.  This rings even more true when something we’re baking goes awry. There you are making the perfect cupcakes only to realize you ran out of icing sugar.  Or perhaps you’re making your favorite cake and realize the brown sugar is as hard as a rock.  Your egg broke and left little shell pieces floating through your batter.  These kitchen hacks will help you out of many of those moments that make us want to never bake again.

  1. Use hot water to warm eggs to room temperature. There will be many a times where you’ll be baking away only to go add the eggs and realize that you were supposed to add them to the batter room temperature, not straight from the fridge. Don’t fret! Just grab a large bowl and fill it with hot water, place your eggs inside the water for a few minutes to bring them to the right temp
  2. Your recipe calls for buttermilk, but you don’t have any on hand. Simply grab some vinegar from your pantry and add 1 tablespoon for every 1 cup of milk. Don’t have any vinegar on hand? Don’t worry! You are looking to add acid to the milk to help it curdle, so lemon juice works great as well.
  3. You can make brown sugar at home if you run out! If you need some brown sugar for a recipe but ran out, don’t run to the store just yet. You can easily make some at home with white sugar and molasses! Add one tablespoon of molasses to every one cup of brown sugar you need. Mix in a bowl. Store in a Ziploc bag. It will look goopy at first, don’t worry. It works!
  4. Juice your lemon to its fullest! To get the most out of your lemon, or lime, simply roll it on your countertop like a ball, apply pressure to it. You’ll be able to feel it going more pliable under your palms. Cut in half and squeeze all the juice out! Alternatively you can also heat the lemons in a microwave for 5-10 seconds.
  5. Use non-stick spray to easily release sticky ingredients. Peanut butter, corn syrup, honey or molasses can all be a hassle to get out of the measuring cup. To easily remove these stubborn, sticky ingredients from the measuring cup simply spray it before hand with non-stick cooking spray. It will easily release your ingredients into the bowl where they belong.
  6. Play-Doh cutters! Looking for some unique, themed or fun new cookie cutters? Look no further than your child’s play-doh stash. Wash and dry thoroughly before using!
  7. Turn white sugar into confectioners’ sugar. If your icing can use a little more icing sugar, but you ran out, don’t worry because you can make your own with some granulated sugar you probably have on hand. Simply add it into a good blender, food processor or even a coffee grinder and continue to blend it until it resembles icing sugar. Voila!
  8. Use an apple to moist your brown sugar. We’ve all been there. You go to use your brown sugar and it’s hard as a rock. Simply add a slice of apple to an air tight container and leave it for a couple hours. It should moisten your sugar enough to be able to use it once again.
  9. Use water on your finger tip to get out egg shell pieces. This is a much easier method than trying to fish out the egg shells with a spoon. Just wet your finger and put it into the egg where the shell pieces are then watch the shell stick to your finger like a magnet!
  10. Use a doily to decorate your baking. If you’ve run out of butter or don’t have enough icing sugar to decorate your cupcakes or cookies simply lay a doily or lace over your baking and sift powdered sugar over the doily. Carefully remove and you have a beautifully decorated dessert!
  11. Use Jello to color and flavor your frosting. Who said you had to use food coloring to add a splash of color to your icing. Simply use a few tablespoons of your favorite Jello flavors/colors to add some fun and flavor to your baking!
  12. Ran out of butter for your baking? Use an avocado! This tasty alternative will not only work as a substitute for butter in any baking, but it will also make it a little healthier!
  13. Ran out of ripe bananas for something yummy? Just place them into an oven on 400* for 30-40 minutes to ripen the bananas.
  14. No icing? No problem! Just place a marshmallow on your cupcakes for the last five minutes of baking to create a delicious, fluffy topping to your dessert!
  15. Is your cake crumbling while you try to put the icing on? Place your cake in the freezer for twenty minutes, or more (it won’t hurt it!), to create a sturdy cake that won’t crumble under the pressure.
  16. Ran out of sprinkles? Make your own! Just add a scoop of granulated sugar into a bowl and add a few drops of food coloring. Place on a baking sheet and bake for ten minutes in a 350* oven.
  17. Use a grater to help thaw butter faster! Just grate the butter into a container. It takes a lot less time for it to de-thaw and is very easy to grate in its hard state.
  18. Use Ziploc bags to replace a piping bag. We’ve all run out of a good piping bag at the worst moment. Don’t fret! Just grab a Ziploc bag from the drawer and snip the tip off. You can still use a piping tip in the bag and pipe with ease.
  19. Heat your knife for perfect cuts! If you’re ever making delicious brownies, cheesecake or nearly any other dessert and are worried about your cuts coming out jagged or sloppy just heat your knife under hot water for a few minutes, dry thoroughly, then cut!
  20. Chocolate melties are a great mess-free decorating alternative for kids!  We all know kids love to help decorate the goodies we make, and who can blame them!  To make it fun and mess-free for you simply melt some chocolate melties, either white colored with food coloring or colored already, and add it to a piping bag.  Draw your decorations on some wax paper and let cool, then remove.  Allow your kids to place the decorations to the cupcakes leaving a clean counter behind them!  Shown: chocolate meltie eyes, noses, ears, mouths and teeth!

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Raspberry Cranberry Jello Salad



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My sister made a Raspberry Cranberry Jello Salad for Thanksgiving that I thought would be perfect for Christmas because of the beautiful dark red or burgundy color.

After I received the recipe, I was also impressed with how easy it is to make.

It only takes 3 ingredients!

My sister put it in a circular mold that she had sprayed with cooking spray.

We still had a hard time having it slide out of the mold, so we slid a knife around the upper edge to loosen it from the mold and then let it sit in warm water for probably about 30 seconds.

I was nervous that it was too long in the water, but when we turned it upside down, it slid out perfectly.

Also make sure that you put it right on the plate where you want it before you tip it upside down as you will not be able to re position it.

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5 Tips to Make Delicious Cold Brew Coffee at Home (#5 Is the Best)



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If you have the best coffee grinder for cold brew, then every season is cold brew season.

And every day is cold brew day. I’m sure you would agree with me.

When you can stay cool and satisfy your caffeine cravings without stepping foot outside, why not do that!

So here are 5 tips to make delicious cold brew coffee at home.

And let’s not forget about the money you’d be saving too! An exquisite cup of homemade brew, served with ice, might not be easy to prepare.

So a little help at such times can go a long way!

You can take my word for it. Words in the form of 5 Tips to Make Delicious Cold Brew Coffee at Home!

But before that, let’s set the foundation right.

What is Cold Brew Coffee?

More often than not, iced coffee is either brewed slowly in the refrigerator or cold brewed.

The result of both methods is a cup of cold, low-acid, and smooth coffee.

In short, a perfectly delicious brew! But many people like brewing it hot and quick. Using the coffee maker or French Press of course!

The best part about cold brew coffee is that it’s an ideal drink for summer.

Here are the cold brew coffee benefits I think you should know.

Although don’t forget to set limits regarding the consumption.

The coffee might be deliciously cold on a hot day.

But you can’t and shouldn’t drink too many cups.

Also, only coffee lovers know how expensive it is to support the cold brew habit.

Now there’s no denying that professional cold brew coffee offers an unparalleled taste.

5 Tips to Make Delicious Cold Brew Coffee at Home

Cold brewing appliances are one too many.

So you can easily buy such a device for preparing homemade cold brew.

But, to be honest, a fancy arrangement is not necessary.

Instead, you can do a lot with just a sieve, coffee, and water.

But if you want my honest opinion, here it is.

The French Press technique is the easiest. The method is very simple.

All you have to do is grind the coffee and add cold water. Then let the French Press sit overnight.

But there are always ways to up your cold brew game at home.

So to expose your taste buds to the exact flavor and taste, why not infuse these tips into the procedure too!

#1 Tweak the Water to Coffee Ratio

A strong brew is how it should be. Cause you might want to add milk or cream later.

You probably already know that the water to coffee ratio varies.

But you can stick to a ratio between 8:1 and 4:1. Feel free to tweak this ratio based on your personal tastes and preferences.

#2 Experiment with Different Types of Coffee

Trying different beans is no harm.

Most cold brew coffee recipes have you reach for the medium or dark roast.

But that doesn’t mean you cannot experiment with other kinds of coffees and roasts.

After all, it’s the only way to figure out what you like. Even if that’s the light roast!

However, keep in mind what you’re brewing. So you don’t forget what you’ve already tried.

#3 Experiment with the Grind

Do you know what’s the common denominator between cold and hot brew? It’s a well-balanced grind. And this brings the burr grinder into the picture.

Grinding your coffee fairly coarse is a norm for most people. But don’t hesitate to play around a little in this field.

There’s no harm in experimenting here. To achieve the taste your taste buds are waiting to appreciate.

Just keep this mind though. That when the grind is too fine, the taste becomes more sour and bitter.

#4 Filter the Cold Brew

Delicious cold brew coffee is silky smooth and dark.

So when using French Press, filter the brew just one more time.

Pour it through the device’s coffee filter. This makes sure that all the coffee ground sediments are eliminated.

#5 Add Coffee-Infused Ice Cubes

The thing about cold brew is that it’s cold already.

But you can always have it the colder way too. In that case, why not add some ice cubes!

However, wouldn’t that dilute your cup? Of course, it would. So how about adding some coffee-infused ice cubes instead?

When it comes to coffee, there’s always room for this kind of experimentation.

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Easy Mini Pumpkin Pie Recipe



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An easy Mini Pumpkin Pie recipe which is perfect for the holidays or anytime you want some (pumpkin) spice in your life.

With the holiday season around the corner, I wanted to share a few of my favorite recipes.

Pumpkin pie is a holiday tradition in our home, but I don’t wait to serve it just for Thanksgiving or Christmas.

No, I make it all year round.

I love it that much!

My favorite thing to do is to make mini pies, as the kids love them, and it’s an easy dessert for them to help make!

This recipe is very simple, and is very delicious.

Easy Mini Pumpkin Pie Recipe

What you will need:

  • 2 can Pumpkin puree (not the pie filling)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 each ground ginger & nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/3 cups of half & half
  • 24 – 36 mini tart shells

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